Lichen diversity in anthropogenically transformed environment of Krivyi Rig basin

V. V. Kachinaskaya


We observed the diversity of lichens at different levels of aerotechnogenic pollution of industrial mining – metallurgical complex of Krivyi Rig Basin. We registered the reduction of vegetation cover and reducing of the size of thallus in the highway area with undesirable living conditions to lichens. We suggested that specific composition and distribution patterns of cladinas is subject of the industrial loading. Most of lichen species are tolerant to urbanization and widely distributed in the built-up area of industrial mining, whereas only a few lichens sensitive to urbanization were recorded. We registered the domination of crustaceous cladinas with insignificant participation of fissile cladinas and complete absence of bushy forms that could be possible consequence of industrial influence.


lichen; projective cover; floristic composition; lichenoindication

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